The Pavilion

Our jazz nights at the Pavilion at Guildford Rugby Club are held on the second Wednesday of each month. It’s a perfect venue, with a bar that is just the right size with good seating, a great atmosphere, a nice view, a large car park, disabled access, and of course a licensed bar with guest real ales! Since we started holding our monthly jazz nights in March 2011, Guildford Jazz has established itself as a popular club on the British jazz circuit – here are a few of the guests we’ve had the pleasure of inviting.

You can find the address and directions here, or please contact us if you need help. If you haven’t been before, please email us at if you’d like any more information.

The gigs start at 8pm, and the doors open at 7.30pm. Ticket prices for each event are below – they’re cheapest if you reserve in advance – just email , telling us the number of tickets you’d like, and pay cash on the door when you arrive. If you want to pay in advance we have an online booking website (links under each event below), but please not that they charge a 10% booking fee.

New for 2018 – “Bring a Friend for a Fiver”! The perfect way to introduce your friends and neighbours to the joys of a jazz – just bring along a guest who hasn’t been before and we’ll give them a ticket for £5. Just let us know you’re bringing a guest when booking.

Coming up…

May 9th – Iain Ballamy’s “Molecatcher”

June 13th – Funk night with the Loire All Stars!

July 11th – Season Finale: Karen Sharp/Steve Waterman Quintet


ECM recording artist Iain Ballamy is recognised internationally as an outstanding and original musician and is one of the UK’s most widely acclaimed saxophonists and jazz composers. We are delighted to welcome Iain back to his home town of Guildford with his new trio, Molecatcher, featuring award winning young guitarist Rob Luft and Conor Chaplin on bass.

Iain Ballamy

Listed in the BBC’s publication ‘100 Jazz Greats’ between Count Basie and Chet Baker, Ballamy’s work is contemporary with both strong jazz and classical references and yet un-encumbered by formality and tradition.

Over three decades spent transcending musical genres and stereotypes and by forging strong and ongoing relationships with musicians around the globe, Ballamy has worked with many cutting-edge figures of today’s contemporary Jazz scene.

He was presented with the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2001 and in 2007 was the first Jazz musician to receive the prestigious Paul Hamlyn composer’s award.

Iain has appeared in clubs worldwide and at most important Jazz festivals including Berlin, North Sea, Saarfelden, Montreux, Montreal, Vancouver, and Florence etc, and has appeared on 70 CD releases as both a leader and sideman.

Highlights of a career spanning over 30 years include playing with Loose Tubes, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Hermeto Pascoal, Django Bates, Kenny Werner, Gil Evans, George Coleman, The Karnataka College of Percussion, John Taylor, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin, The Britten Sinfonia, Gay Dad, Everything but the Girl, Guy Chambers, Mike Gibbs, Carla Bley, John Dankworth etc.

In demand as an educator, Ballamy is a visiting professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Leeds College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and The Royal Academy of Music who made him and Hon ARAM in 2014.

Rob LuftRob Luft is an award-winning young musician from London, and has been described as one of the UK’s most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists. Praised by The Times ‘to achieve great things in the future’, Rob was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize in association with Edition Records, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. His debut album, “Riser”, was released in July 2017, to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”.

“…an extraordinary talent!” – Julian Joseph, BBC Radio 3 (UK)

“Bassist Conor Chaplin is a revelation. He has a wonderful capacity to communicate the joy of having just landed on a new idea, a texture, line, a rhythmic kick, to produce endlessly the sound of surprise. The listener never gets bored. And he’s great to watch in action: Chaplin also often lapses into that smiling, innocent facial expression well-known to football fans and referees as ” What? Offside? Me?” A star.” East Midland Jazz 

Chilli supper available from 7pm, please email to book.

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here (please note there’s a 10% booking fee for online bookings). Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.


An evening of Jazz Funk with an all star group led by drummer Tristan Mailliot, playing classic funk from the 70’s and 80’s including, among others, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Weather Report  and The Brecker Brothers.

Featuring Gareth Lockrane – flute, Mark Ridout – guitar, Will Barry – piano, Flo Moore – bass, Tristan Mailliot – drums


The Loire Funk All Stars all share a nostalgic passion for the sounds and grooves of the late 70s and early 80s funk heyday. The set includes classic Herbie Hancock compositions, 4am and Actual Proof, John Scofield tunes from the classic Blue Matter album of 1986 and various compositions by Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul. Expect solid funk grooves from the bass and drums team of Flo Moore and Tristan Mailliot, providing the underpinning for the amazing soloing skills of Gareth Lockrane on flute, Will Barry on keys and Mark Ridout on guitar.

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here (please note there’s a 10% booking fee for online bookings). Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.

July 11th Season Finale- Karen Sharp/Steve Waterman Quintet 

A multi award-winning quintet to finish the season, featuring double British Jazz Award winners Karen Sharp on tenor sax, Steve Waterman on trumpet,  Nigel Price on guitar , Winston Clifford on drums and Marianne Windham on bass

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A busy and popular musician with an accessible yet distinctive style, Karen Sharp first came to notice playing fluent, swinging and lyrical tenor sax in Humphrey Littleton’s band and has since won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions. She tours regularly with her quartet which features Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown and she plays with numerous larger ensembles including Robert Fowler’s ‘Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band’, Steve Waterman’s Big Band and the Stan Tracey Big Band.

More recently Karen was delighted to be part of the ‘Guy Barker Big Band’, performing at the BBC proms in 2015 and 2017. Recent recording projects include the ‘Barnes/O’Higgins – The Sax Section’, a project for five saxophones, Alan Barnes’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, and her latest quartet album, ‘The Sun, the Moon and You’ released this March on ‘Trio Records’!

Steve Waterman is undoubtedly one of Britain’s top jazz trumpet players. He began his career while studying at Trinity College of Music, playing with the European Community Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Since then, he has worked regularly on the British and European jazz scene with John Surman, Andy Sheppard, Tony Coe, Carla Bley, Don Weller and many others. He has recorded many critically acclaimed CDs under his own name as well as a number of CDs under the ECM label with John Surman’s Brass Project and Carla Bley.

Steve has won numerous BBC British jazz awards over the years and is very committed to Jazz education. He is professor of Jazz Trumpet at Trinity College of Music in London and visiting Jazz Trumpet specialist at The Royal Northern College Of Music and The Welsh College Of Music And Drama and has co-written a highly acclaimed Jazz Trumpet tutor book.

The rhythm section features the multi-award winning Nigel Price on guitar, and Winston Clifford on drums, one of the most in demand drummers on the jazz scene whose playing is free from the usual restraints of stylistic expectations and a true reflections of listening and responding “in the moment”.

An outstanding lineup – advance booking recommended!

Doors 7.30pm, Music 8pm Tickets £14 in advance (students £7) by contacting us to reserve tickets for payment on the door or online here (please note there’s a 10% booking fee for online bookings). Unreserved tickets £16 on the door.




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